Oakland teachers vote to authorize strike

May 4, 2010 8:29:55 PM PDT
By a 75-percent margin, Oakland teachers have voted to authorize a strike.

The teachers cast their ballots on Monday and the results were made public late Tuesday afternoon.

Their union is locked in a dispute with the Oakland School District over wages and class size.

The strike vote does not mean there will be an immediate walk-out. In fact, talks are set to resume later this week.

Teachers went on a one-day strike last Thursday after the school district imposed a contract on teachers last month. The two sides have been negotiating for two years.

The district says it faces an $85 million deficit and cannot afford the pay raises and class size levels the teachers want.